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For young families, few things are as important as being in a “good neighborhood with good schools”. Ravenna88 homeowners can be assured that the schools are not merely “good”—they are exceptional.

Since 2008, the website has annually analyzed dozens of public data sets and millions of posted reviews for grade K-12 schools, colleges and places to live throughout the United States. Schools in North Ravenna have achieved some great results.

Wedgwood Elementary School scores an “A”, coming in #83 out of 1,122 elementary schools across the state. But there’s more to Wedgwood than ranking highly. Here, students are taught in manageable class sizes (average of 15:1) and follow The Wedgwood Way, a philosophy that values Caring while being both Respectful and Responsible.  And how can you not help but love a school that has the “Mighty Marmot” as its mascot?

Farther along the student journey, Eckstein Middle School also scored an “A” and is ranked #25 out of 451 middle schools. Named after former Seattle Director of Schools Nathan Eckstein, this “junior high” was completed in 1950 and is a fine example of Internationalist architecture and design. The school has an illustrious past and has pioneered many innovative academic programs—including having its own radio station. It lives up to the high ideals of its namesake who was once hailed as “Seattle’s most useful citizen”. Indeed, Eckstein’s words ring true today: “To be a useful citizen is more than a duty, it is a high privilege. To be useful citizens we would ever cheerfully work for the development and welfare of the city we live – for the progress and peace of the country we cherish”.

Not to be outdone, nearby Nathan Hale High School also received an “A” letter-grade, ranking an impressive #18 out of 376 Washington State high schools. Named after the Revolutionary War hero who famously said, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country,” Nathan Hale’s school colors are a patriotic red, white and blue color motif and its teams are known as The Raiders.  The school’s notable alumni include US Olympic swimmers Rick and Lynn Colella, two-time Super Bowl winner Ed Simmons and the famed Seattle hip-hop artist known as Macklemore.

These rankings are very important and illustrate how highly education is highly valued here. In 2017, Washington ranked number seven nationally as the Best State for Education by the highly respected U.S. News and World Report magazine.

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